Stigma - Charles Sims Developmental Theatre 2 Feb, 13 2008...

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Charles Sims Developmental Theatre 2 Feb, 13 2008 Stigma Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine reiterates Goffman’s definition of stigma, “An attribute, such as a failure, shortcoming, or handicap ”(Goffman, 131), so in Layman's terms, a stigma basically refers to an outcast or person of difference in a society. The most notable way the play portrayed “stigma,” in my mind, was through the main protagonist. Clive is the one character in the whole play that is actually the base of everyone’s problems. The first event that shows the audience that Clive has his own stigmas regardless of his proper exterior is when he expresses his undying loyalty to Old World Britain while the rest of the characters are busy making a new world for themselves in Africa. He goes on to prove his stigmatism when he is hypocritical of his wife’s affair along with being the only male character in the play that rejects homosexuality. The most prominent stigma that Clive displays in the production is his overall inability to accept change. The first act brings us to Africa on a British satellite colony, where it seems that everyone and everything other than Clive loses it. "Clive attempts to tame the dark continent of Africa and sexual difference (women and gays)" (WA 579, 584 ) In this sense, Clive is the one person who is still really holding on to the old British ideals while everyone else is morphing out of control into
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course THTR 2021 taught by Professor Gerland,ol during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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